on May 6th, 2014
When Stella Jo Chandler gets an offer to work at the Second Chance Ranch celebrity rehab facility right after graduating from Texas A&M, she’s tempted to turn it down. She wants to help real people with real problems, not spoiled celebrities going on vacation for publicity. But growing up on her family’s ranch left her with a love of horses that draws her to the opportunity. How bad can babysitting a bunch of strung out celebrities be?
What she didn’t count on was being roped into a tangled mess with infamous rocker and three-time rehab drop out Van Ransom on her first day. And she sure didn’t expect to feel the overwhelming attraction that pulls her to the man who has more issues than she can count on both hands. Like the hotel rooms and tour buses he’s famous for trashing, the havoc he could wreak on Stella’s heart would be irreparable.
Van isn’t at Second Chance for publicity or because he’s suffering from “exhaustion”. He’s on the brink of destruction, and he needs the kind of help Stella isn’t sure she can give. But without her, he'll lose everything. Because he’s on his last second chance.
Everyone has their favorites when it comes to book boyfriends. I tend to be a bit of a “book slut” but lately I am all about the hot, tattooed rocker! Add in the fact that he is troubled and needs fixing and ummm YES you had me at the synopsis. Added bonus- a name like Van Ransom, which in itself is just so damn sexy.
“I have a thing for dark horses with tortured souls. What can I say?”
Van Ransom has been giving chance after chance to clean up his act. The problem is he doesn’t really care one way or the other; booze, drugs, women, and lots of sex are what help him chase away his demons. But when his latest binge leaves him in the hospital and his band mates, manager, and new record label are at their wits end, he is sent to Second Chance rehab. They basically give him an ultimatum; get clean and stay that way or you are out of the band. Van figures he will fake his way through rehab and get back to the lifestyle he loves so much, that is until he lays his eyes on sweet, innocent and very sexy Stella Jo Chandler.
“Because you don’t see money and fame or a singer in a band. Or tattoos or rough edges. Or even how you could use me to get what you want. You see me.”
Fresh from college, Stella figures she has two options, return home to a place that has never felt like a home or take the job offer at Second Chance rehab facility. On her first day there, she runs into a sexy and mysterious man; she isn’t sure who he is, but she definitely wants to know more about him. Van makes her feel alive for the first time in her life. Unfortunately there are strict fraternizing rules in place, but Stella isn’t sure she wants to or even can stay away from him.
“For so long, I’ve been so afraid. Maybe for my entire life. I’ve been afraid to feel- afraid to let people in where they can hurt me. But I can’t keep you out. You’re in, Van. And you can break, wreck, and ruin me. I’ll only beg for more.”
I really enjoyed watch the evolution of Van Ransom. He really fought his addiction, his past, and his feelings for Stella. I loved the way he “worked” out his aggressions on Stella and the things he said to her- VERY hot and squirmy! I did think that the cause of Stella’s broken feelings about her life and family could have been addressed earlier. It was kind of shoved in there at the end and then rushed over. But the book definitely comes full circle and I loved the epilogue, I am a HUGE sucker for an epilogue! I look forward to more books in this series.
“I am going to fuck you. And when I do, it’s going to be so deep and thorough that men will be able to smell me on you from miles away. I am going to fuck a path inside of you, a path in which only my dick will fit. Because once I’ve been inside you, you will belong to me.”
How did the idea for Van & Stella’s story come to you?
My husband and I were looking at places to vacation and we came across this ranch in Texas (The Wild Catter) and it looked so secluded and private that I thought it’d make a great rehabilitation facility for celebrity types. I already knew that I’d write about one, but it was the model for the Second Chance Ranch.
How many books are planned for the Second Chance series?
Four definitely, possibly two additional ones. Each one is a stand alone with different characters that somehow incorporates the ranch.
How is this series different from your previous Kylie Ryans series?
It’s a lot grittier and sexier. In Kylie’s series, her career was as much a character as she was, but in this series there’s more focus on addiction and darker, more personal issues.
What was the hardest part about putting out something new and different than what your readers were used to?
The fear that everyone would hate it! Or that they’d think I was just jumping on the erotica bandwagon. I always knew I would write something darker and sexier, more adult than New Adult, after Kylie’s series, but not all of my readers were expecting that leap. Fortunately they held my hand the whole way! I am very blessed to have such loyal and precious readers!
What’s your favorite part about being an indie author?
Having so much control over the cover, the formatting, the price and the release dates.
Least favorite part?
Being responsible for making decisions about the cover, the formatting, the price and the release dates. 😉
What’s one thing that readers might find surprising about you?
I write my books out of order! I always thought I was doing it wrong, writing scenes this way, until I met several other writers at retreats that did the exact same thing.
What can we look forward to from you?
There will be a surprise release this summer that’s a part of the Keep Me Still world, and Falling for Fate this fall, which is the next book in the Second Chance series.
Coffee or Tea? Sweet Tea please!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Definitely chocolate!
Billionaires or Cowboys? Cowboys
PC or Mac? Mac, but that’s a recent change.
Night Owl or Early Bird? Definitely a night owl 😉 It’s the only time I can get any work done!
Thank you so much for having me!!